It is widely known that Croatia is a country full of breath-taking nature, beautiful landscapes, respectful monuments, majestic heritage and people, of course. Finally, people are what make a country beautiful in its own specific ways. Every time we travel and meet somebody new or relevant to us, we like to make it permanent by, well, taking a selfie.  

But, back in the days, it wasn’t always possible to take a photo, and not to mention a selfie. So, to remember people, their faces and their work through life, artists did statues. Think of the ways we take photos with celebrities when we meet them, photos with wax figures, and photos with monuments for memories. We’ve compiled a list of the most popular monuments for taking selfies in Croatia.

Continuing on our trail in which we inform you on things to take pictures of in Croatia, let’s travel and selfie! 😀

Statues that are Worth Taking a Selfie With

We’ll start our journey in the capital. There are numerous statues in Zagreb, of great leaders, writers, sports legends. But maybe the most famous one is none of the above. It is the statue of “Kumica Barica”. Located at Dolac market, the statue is a symbol of an older peasant woman who sells vegetables, fruits and dairy product at the market. Dolac is the biggest and most famous farmers’ market in Zagreb, just a few steps from the main square and probably the most picturesque place in Zagreb.

Kumica Barica monument
Kumica Barica – hug her and take a selfie

The great thing about Zagreb is that you can get lost in the green parts of the city where you forget that you are in an urban centre. On the Strossmayer Promenade which takes you above the city, you will run into A.G. Matoš, Croatian poet sitting on the bench admiring the view. And don’t worry, the seat next to him is not taken.

A.G.Matoš monument
Sit down with A.G. Matoš for a contemplative break

Seaside Monuments

Next stop takes us south, to Split. On the northern entrance to the Diocletian Palace, almost every person spares a few minutes next to this 20-foot-tall statue made by great Ivan Meštrović. It is Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski in Croatian). He was a medieval bishop who strongly opposed the Pope with keeping Latin as the official language during the Catholic services. Instead, he succeeded in introducing the Croatian language into Catholic services. The protector of Croatian identity has a unique feature. He has a big shiny toe. Why? Belief is that rubbing toe while saying a wish will make it come true.

Gregory of Nin monument
Gregory of Nin – rub his toe for luck!

One of the most recognizable statues of Croatia is “Our Lady of the Sea” in Opatija. The story begins in 1891 when count Arthur died in a shipwreck in front of Opatija. In his honour, the count’s family put the statue on a reef to watch over his lost soul. Over the time, because of the harsh weather conditions, the statue was destroyed and on its place was placed the “Girl with the Seagull” in 1956. When the waves hit on the rock, the statue seems to emerge from the sea and because of that locals call it “the nymph”. The mystery of the girl remains unknown for 55 years.

Our Lady of the Sea monument in Opatija
Our Lady of the Sea in Opatija

And the last statue that we need to mention here is a statue dedicated to all of us. The location is Makarska, the year is 2006 and it is a celebration of 100 years long tourism tradition. On the main promenade, the statue of a young chic couple has emerged. The sculpture represents a “seagull” Jure and foreign tourist. Seagulling (galebarenje in Croatian ) is the popular art of seduction that the locals perform on the tourists. The right boob of the pretty lady statue is shiny, because the legend has it that giving her a friendly squeeze brings you good luck. We hope that we needn’t remind you not to attempt this on real women without consent.

A Monument to galebarenje - the local art of seduction
A Monument to galebarenje – the local art of seduction

Author: Manuela Žuhović